Kenya wins 3 gold, Kakamega into FEASSA semis
Kenya extended its athletics superiority over its East African rivals as the country won three medals on Day 1 of the athletics championships in the ongoing Federation of East Africa Secondary School (FEASSA) Games in Gulu, Uganda on Thursday.
In boys’ football, Kakamega High School eliminated their compatriots from St. Anthony’s Kitale and will now battle it out with Njinja High School – who defeated hosts Liyabi in their quarters clash – for a place in the finals.
Makueni-based Jackson Muema led Kenya to retaining the boys 10000m title, clocking a winning 29:50.3 ahead of compatriot Kevin Kibiwot (29:51.7) of Cheptongei Secondary School.
“I’m so happy to win the race, I believed I could do it despite this being my first race outside Kenya,” Muema said post-race.
The form two student at Kivandini Secondary School went the annual regional competition as Kenya’s second best after finishing second during the national championship in Mombasa.
“I’m now the east African champion. During the entire race we were running close but with about 400 meters to go I decided to break away.
“I can tell I’m improving because of the training that I have been able to do with assistance of my coaches from Japan. If I continue like this I know I will succeed in my dreams of becoming a top athlete,” he said.
Dolphine Omare won Kenya’s second gold in the girls 5000m in 16:49.6 ahead of Aciro Knight (17:22.5) of Uganda.
Josphat Leyino from Nakeel Secondary School won Kenya’s third gold after jumping 1.94m in the boys High Jump.
Henry Juma put the Green Commandos 1-0 after 16 minutes before Ronald Sichenje doubled the lead five minutes before the break. Juma grabbed his brace in the 73rd minute to seal the convincing win.
“The match was tough but it was helpful that we know our rivals from back home. We came here with a lot of determination,” Kakamega captain Job Ochieng said.
Their semis opponents, Njinja sailed through 4-3 on post-match penalties after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.
The second semi will be an all-Ugandan affair where 12-time champions St. Mary’s Kitende play Nakaseke.
In hockey, Sinyolo easily defended their title after humiliating Old Kampala 7-0. Martina Amito scored 5 goals while Lilian Namyalo and Brenda Namwase scored one goal apiece.
Sinyolo won four matches and drew one to attain an assailable 13-point lead in the round robin table.
-Philip Muchiri is reporting from Gulu, Uganda.
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